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Written on: May 10, 2013

Ask the Expert

Rich Moyer, Clyde S. Walton geothermal systems expert.

Q: How does a geothermal heat pump work?

A: A geothermal system captures “free” thermal energy from heat that is held underground — heat that’s regularly replenished by the warmth of the sun. Water is pumped through underground pipes to access the thermal energy for heating. In the summer, the heat pump removes heat from the home and discharges it into the ground.

Q: Is this system energy efficient?

A: Absolutely. People who have replaced fossil-fuel systems have reported saving as much as 70% on heating, cooling and water heating costs.

Q: Is it worth the cost?

A: While your initial upfront investment is larger, geothermal systems are very cost effective in the long run. You can also defray a portion of the cost by applying for a 30% federal tax credit on your purchase. Call or email us to learn more. We will be happy to answer your questions and prepare an estimate for you.

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